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Indigenous Services minister acknowledges Liberals won’t meet promised drinking water target

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller confirmed today that the Liberal government will not meet its commitment to lift all long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations by March 2021.

At a press conference in Ottawa, Miller took full responsibility for the broken promise and pledged to spend more than $ 1.5 billion to finish the work.

“This was an ambitious deadline from the get-go,” Miller said. “While there have been many reasons for the delay, I want to state as clearly as possible that, ultimately, I bear the responsibility for this and I have the … duty to get this done.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first promised to end all long-term boil water advisories within five years during the 2015 campaign

It was the first major promise on the Indigenous reconciliation file, which became one of the central goals of the Liberals’ governing agenda. At the time, the Trudeau government said it would meet the target by March 2021.

“What communities want is not an Ottawa-imposed deadline. It’s a long-term commitment for access to clean water,” Miller said.

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In October, CBC News surveyed all communities on the long-term drinking water advisory list maintained by Indigenous Services Canada.

More than a dozen First Nations said their projects would not be completed by the promised deadline. Five communities said a permanent fix would take years.

The Trudeau government has helped lift 97 long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations since 2015, according to Indigenous Services Canada. Currently, 59 advisories are still in place in 41 communities.

Miller said another 20 advisories could be lifted by the end of December and that by spring 2021, the number of advisories remaining could shrink to 12. 

Since forming government, the Liberals have spent more than $ 1.65 billion of the $ 2.19 billion they set aside to build and repair water and wastewater infrastructure, and to manage and maintain existing systems on reserves.

The $ 1.5 billion proposed in Monday’s fiscal update is in addition to that $ 2.19 billion.

“Today, we are providing sustained funding in the spirit of partnership,” said Miller. “We’re listening to communities and we want to let them know that our government is going to be there for the long run.”

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Funding for repairs, training and ongoing maintenance

The new money is aimed at helping First Nations in three key areas.

The first area is ongoing support for daily operations and maintenance of water infrastructure on reserves, to help keep that infrastructure in good condition even after long-term drinking water advisories are lifted. The money earmarked for this — $ 616.3 million over six years, with $ 114.1 million per year ongoing — will also fund training for water treatment plant operators and help communities better retain qualified workers. 

The second is continued funding for water and wastewater infrastructure on reserves: $ 553.4 million to prevent future drinking water advisories.

And finally, $ 309.8 million of the total will pay for work halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other project delays. The pandemic caused some First Nation communities to close their borders to contractors and temporarily stop work on improving their water systems.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomed the proposed new funding. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations called the proposed new funding a move in the right direction, but warned more resources may be required in future budgets to lift all water advisories.

“Access to clean drinking water is a fundamental human right,” Bellegarde said.

“It’s not right that in a rich country like Canada, you still can’t turn on the taps for potable water.”

NDP MP Charlie Angus said the new commitment is a recognition that the government initially low-balled the amount of money it would take to address water advisories on reserves. 

“The government has recognized that they can’t keep doing this as a publicity exercise,” Angus said. “So that money will go a long way.”

In 2017, the parliamentary budget officer found the federal government was spending only 70 per cent of what was needed to eliminate boil water advisories in First Nations.

Conservative Indigenous services critic Gary Vidal said it’s clear “there is no intent to meet the 2021 target.

“We know this is going to be an ongoing challenge.”

Miller told CBC’s Power and Politics he wants to see target dates for lifting long-term drinking water advisories in individual communities.

He also told CBC the government is moving to give First Nations more control over solving their water problems through self-determination.

Most long-term on-reserve drinking water advisories are in Ontario. RoseAnne Archibald, the Assembly of First Nations regional chief for the province, said she has asked Miller to work with her team in the coming months to address the problem.

“Why do we have so many boil water advisories?” Archibald asked. “What barriers exist in Ontario that don’t seem to exist anywhere else that we need to fix?”

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Microplastics in drinking water are ‘low risk’ to human health: WHO

Microplastics contained in drinking water pose a “low” risk to human health at current levels, but more research is needed to reassure consumers, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Studies over the past year on plastic particles detected in tap and bottled water have sparked public concerns but the limited data appears reassuring, the UN agency said its first report on potential health risks associated with ingestion.

Microplastics enter drinking water sources mainly through run-off and wastewater effluent, the WHO said. Evidence shows that microplastics found in some bottled water seem to be at least partly due to the bottling process and/or packaging such as plastic caps, it said.

“The headline message is to reassure drinking water consumers around the world, that based on this assessment, our assessment of the risk is that it is low,” Bruce Gordon of the WHO’s department of public health, environmental and social determinants of health, told a briefing.

The WHO did not recommended routine monitoring for microplastics in drinking water. But research should focus on issues including what happens to chemical additives in the particles once they enter the gastrointestinal tract, it said.

There are no data available to show that microplastics pose a hazard to human health, however this does not necessarily mean that they are harmless.– Alice Horton, National Oceanography Centre

The majority of plastic particles in water are larger than 150 micrometres in diameter and are excreted from the body, while “smaller particles are more likely to cross the gut wall and reach other tissues,” it said.

Health concerns have centred around smaller particles, said Jennifer De France, a WHO technical expert and one of the report’s authors.

“For these smallest size particles, where there is really limited evidence, we need know more about what is being absorbed, the distribution and their impacts,” she said.

More research is needed into risks from microplastics exposure throughout the environment — “in our drinking water, air and food,” she added.

Alice Horton, a microplastics researcher at Britain’s National Oceanography Centre, said in a statement on the WHO’s findings: “There are no data available to show that microplastics pose a hazard to human health, however this does not necessarily mean that they are harmless.

“It is important to put concerns about exposure to microplastics from drinking water into context: we are widely exposed to microplastics in our daily lives via a wide number of sources, of which drinking water is just one.”

Plastic pollution is so widespread in the environment that you may be ingesting five grams a week, the equivalent of eating a credit card, a study commissioned by the environmental charity WWF International said in June. That study said the largest source of plastic ingestion was drinking water, but another major source was shellfish.

Scientists say drinking water is just one source of microplastics. Another major source is shellfish. (Narikan/Shutterstock)

The biggest overall health threat in water is from microbial pathogens — including from human and livestock waste entering water sources — that cause deadly diarrhoeal disease, especially in poor countries lacking water treatment systems, the WHO said.

Some two billion people drink water contaminated with feces, causing nearly one million deaths annually, Gordon said, adding: “That has got to be the focus of regulators around the world.”

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Harmful alcohol drinking expected to increase worldwide

The world is not on track to meet targets that 190 countries set to reduce the health and social harms of alcohol, researchers say, and some Canadian provinces have reversed progress. 

For the study published in Tuesday’s issue of The Lancet, scientists in Canada and Germany estimated how much pure alcohol people age 15 and older drank per year based on national data. They then forecasted consumption up to 2030.

Between 1990 and 2017, global consumption per person increased from 5.9 litres to 6.5 litres and is expected to reach 7.6 litres by 2030, according to Prof. Jürgen Rehm of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, and his co-authors.

The World Health Organization and participating countries aim to reduce harmful alcohol use by 10 per cent by 2025. 

“Alcohol targets will not be reached,” Rehm said from Columbia, where he’s advising health officials on alcohol policy. “There was no real sign of alcohol consumption going down globally.”

The study’s authors said effective alcohol policies are needed, especially in rapidly developing countries with growing rates of alcohol use. Rehm pointed to India and China as drivers of the global trend because of their sheer population levels.

The effect of looser alcohol regulations are immediately clear in alcohol-related deaths, researchers say. (Monty Kruger/CBC)

India and Vietnam showed the largest increases in drinking, while consumption dropped most sharply in Azerbaijan, Russia, the U.K. and Peru.

The researchers estimated that if trends continue, by 2030 40 per cent of people will abstain from alcohol, 50 per cent of people will drink and 23 per cent will binge drink at least once a month.

That compares to, in 2017, 43 per cent abstaining, about 47 per cent drinking and another 20 per cent binge drinking. Binge drinkers are those who consume four standard drinks or more in one sitting at least once a month.

In Canada, Rehm said hospitalizations caused by alcohol are going up.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Information (CIHI) reported that about 77,000 hospitalizations across the country in 2016 were caused by alcohol — more than by heart attacks. The territories had higher rates than the provinces and, with the exception of Nova Scotia, provinces in the east had lower rates on average than those in the west.

CIHI’s authors said the geographic differences could be partly due to the availability of services and supports.

And Rehm cautions that, if governments make it easier to get alcohol, they should expect to see more deaths. 

“Alcohol is about deaths,” he said. “You can see [with] any kind of policy of alcohol like a buck a beer” — a campaign promise of Ontario Premier Doug Ford — “you can evaluate that immediately in deaths, in traffic deaths … Those numbers are clear.”

Ontario recently increased the number of private alcohol retailers and the government has announced plans to allow bars, restaurants and golf courses to start serving at 9 a.m. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

In B.C., for example, looser retail regulations were associated with an increase in alcohol-related mortality, a previous study suggested.

Two earlier studies found that after a 10 per cent increase in minimum alcohol prices, there as a three- and eight per cent reduction, respectively, in consumption in B.C. and Saskatchewan, CIHI said.

Ontario recently increased the number of private alcohol retailers and the government has announced plans to allow bars, restaurants and golf courses to start serving at 9 a.m., to allow tailgating parties near sports events, and to allow casinos to advertise free alcohol.

In a journal commentary published with the Lancet study, Sarah Callina of La Trobe University in  Australia said evidence supports increasing the price of alcohol and restricting its availability to curtail consumption in high-income countries.

Callina warned that the shift in alcohol consumption globally from high-income to lower-income countries could lead to disproportionate increases in harm.

She called strict restrictions on advertising and other promotion “crucial to slow the growing demand” for alcohol in lower-middle-income countries.

“Supporting evidence-based policies outside high-income countries, despite anticipated strong industry resistance, will be a key task for public health advocates in the coming decades,” she said. 

Rehm recalled presenting his work to the board of one of the world’s largest beer producers five years ago.

“There was a heated discussion, but at the end the chairman of the board said, ‘Look, by the time you fight about alcohol in court in Europe or in North America … we’ll have shifted our profits to China,’ and that’s what happened.”

Both Rehm and Callina acknowledged the predictions are difficult to make. For instance, increases in alcohol consumption could be offset by decreasing mortality thanks to increases in wealth.

The study was funded by CAMH and the associated WHO Collaborating Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt Talks Her Hilarious Night Drinking Vodka and Eating Pizza With Betty White

Jennifer Love Hewitt might just have the best life ever. 

The 39-year-old actress opened up about her epic friendship with Betty White on Tuesday’s Late Late Show with James Corden. 

After co-starring with White, 96, in 2011’s The Lost Valentine and on an episode of Hewitt’s show, The Client List, the pair formed a bond. It led to a pretty wild night on the town. 

“She loves pizza and vodka. Right? She’s all of us,” Hewitt said of White. “One night we were filming, and we went out and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going on a date with Betty White.’ It’s the most nervous date I’ve ever been on in my life.”

Hewitt and White were out having a good time, when Hewitt started to feel it. 

“We’re chatting and having the best time. I don’t drink a lot, so maybe three and a half vodkas in I’m like, ‘Woo, I’m feeling this dinner with Betty White, OK,’” she quipped. “So we go to leave and it’s great and then all of the sudden I see that Betty’s sort of going this way [mimes tilting].”

White had been swaying a bit, presumably due to her own vodka intake, and that’s when Hewitt realized what a big responsibility she had. 

“I was like, ‘Oh my god, I am like the bodyguard of a national treasure. You have got to snap it together and don’t kill Betty White on your date!’” she said. “So we get her from the bushes. She didn’t really go in the bushes, but she was on her way.”

White then invited Hewitt up to her hotel room for a “nightcap” and it was the perfect end to the evening. 

“Her nightcap is gummy bears. I mean, shut the front door and lock it. She’s perfect,” Hewitt gushed. “We got drunk and we had gummy bears, and it was amazing.”

Hewitt alluded to the night out when she talked with ET’s Leanne Aguilera last month at the Fox TCAs. 

“I think one of the drunkest times in my life was with Betty White,” she told ET. “We were stumbling down the street after some casual dinner. It was hysterical.”

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New booze labels in Yukon warn of cancer risk from drinking

Yukon is as a testing ground for some new types of labels on alcohol bottles, that warn of cancer risks associated with drinking, and encourage better habits.  

Two new labels were unveiled at the Whitehorse Liquor Store on Wednesday. They’ll be affixed to all bottles and cans sold in the territory over the next eight months, as part of an ongoing Health Canada research project

“Yukon has a chance to be a leader in Canada, as well as internationally, to demonstrate the potential benefits of labelling alcohol containers,” said Brendan Hanley, the territory’s chief medical officer of health.

Brendan Hanley

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, says Yukon tends to have higher rates of drinking, including by youth, than most of Canada, and also has relatively high rates of alcohol-related violence. (Mike Rudyk/CBC)

“By seeing these labels repeatedly, and in their variety, we hope that there will be increasing familiarity with Canada’s low-risk drinking guidelines.”

Hanley notes Yukon tends to have higher rates of drinking, including by youth, than most of Canada, and also has relatively high rates of alcohol-related violence.

Warning labels have been used on alcohol for years, most commonly to warn against the risks of drinking while pregnant. The Yukon labels are unique in pointing to cancer as another risk.

“Alcohol can cause cancer including breast and colon cancers,” reads one of the labels.

Another label focuses on healthier habits, by advising against drinking more than two or three standard drinks per day and encouraging people to “plan two or more non-drinking days each week.”

The labels are being introduced as part of a Health Canada research project, focused on alcohol use in Yukon and the N.W.T. The new labels are only being used in Yukon right now.

Alcohol warning label

Warning labels have been used on alcohol containers for years, most commonly targeting pregnant women. (Mike Rudyk/CBC)

‘People want more information’

“The labels are relatively larger in size to make them easily noticed and read. They’re full colour with a bright yellow background and red border so that they stand out on the container, and they have messages that provide new information,” said Erin Hobin, the project’s lead researcher.

She says when liquor store customers were surveyed last spring in Yukon and the N.W.T., as part of the project, they were asked if they wanted more warning labels.

“We had a resounding ‘yes.’ They would like more information. And that’s consistent with research across Canada — people want more information about alcohol, on containers,” Hobin said.

The new labels, she says, “reflect what consumers said they wanted to know.”

Erin Hobin

‘People want more information about alcohol, on containers,’ said Erin Hobin, the project’s lead researcher. (Mike Rudyk/CBC)

Researchers will try to assess whether the labels have an impact on consumer attitudes and behaviours in Yukon. Next spring, they’ll again survey liquor store customers and compare new findings to survey data from last spring.

“We’ll also be looking at sales data to see if sales of alcohol overall, as well as different types of alcohol, shift before and after the labels,” she said.

The researchers can also compare survey and sales data from Yukon with similar data from the N.W.T., where the labels are not being used.

Influencing behaviour

Hobin says the researchers don’t expect warning labels to stop people from drinking. The goal, she says, is to influence consumers’ attitudes and behaviours in the “broader sense,” and make labels part of a larger public health strategy.

“Do labels increase awareness and knowledge of the health risks of drinking alcohol? Do they strengthen people’s intentions to perhaps re-think their drinking, or reduce their drinking?

“So I think that idea of, ‘do labels work?’, we have to think a bit more broadly.” 

Hobin applauded Yukon for having the “courage” to try out the new labels, and said the territory can be “a real leader” in Canada. 

Hanley agrees.

“If we can demonstrate an effect, there is potential for some important policy changes not just locally, but nationally and internationally, to address responsible alcohol consumption,” he said.

“Are we able to shift that curve, shift the attitudes and habits of our population?”

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A new reason to worry about teenage drinking

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s our mid-summer roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news.

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More than a quarter of Canadian teens say they binge drink at least once a month — which can be the caloric equivalent of a kilogram of body fat every year.

Added up over time, it means alcohol could be increasing the obesity risk in young people. That’s the conclusion of a recentpaperby a University of Waterloo team looking at teen drinking from a new perspective — its effect on obesity.

“There’s a million other reasons why people should be focused on youth alcohol control. We simply did this to try to say that everybody focused on youth obesity prevention, maybe you’re missing an important contributor,” said Scott Leatherdale, CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health Research at the University of Waterloo.

In the fight against youth obesity, the typical targets are sugar-sweetened beverages and screen time. Leatherdale said he wanted to alert public health officials and parents to consider the calories from alcohol, too.

“When you look at the incremental increases in obesity as kids age, you can see how this would be one of the contributors.”

Even though they haven’t reached legal drinking age, the majority of teens in the study reported drinking alcohol, and almost five per cent of Grade 12 students say they binge drink at least twice a week.

Doing the caloric math, the researchers concluded the teens binge drinking twice a week could be consuming the body fat equivalent of 15 to 30 pounds a year.

(Binge drinking is defined as having five drinks or more in one sitting.)

The data comes from a unique Canadian study called COMPASS that is tracking teen behaviour over time. The study recruits entire high schools, and then tracks the students as they go from Grade 9 to Grade 12. The students fill out study questionnaires during class time and they’re guaranteed strict confidentiality.

“No one internationally has ever done something so comprehensive with youth health,” said Leatherdale.

The study has already collected data from more than 600,000 high school students in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and B.C., and this year they’ve added high schools in Nunavut.

COMPASS is an acronym for “Cohort study of obesity, marijuana use, physical activity, alcohol use, smoking and sedentary behaviours.”

Call for action on unproven stem cell therapies

At the same time as he takes on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop (see last week’s newsletter), Timothy Caulfield is also fighting an alternative health battle on another front: the marketing of unproven stem cell therapies. Caulfield is the Canada Research Chair in Health Law & Policy at the University of Alberta. He’s also part of an interdisciplinary group of scientists that has issued a call to action for governments, professional associations and even the World Health Organization.

“It just seems to be getting worse, and we felt like this was needed,” Caulfield told CBC Health, adding that clinics offering unproven stem cell therapies have started springing up in Canada. “I call it ‘science-sploitation,’ where you use a legitimately exciting area of science like stem cell research and exploit that to market products.”

Timothy Caulfield stem cell marketing

Timothy Caulfield, the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Alberta, is accusing some clinics of what he calls ‘science-sploitation’ in offering unproven stem cell therapies. (Screenshot/CBC)

Caulfield admits regulations in this area will be difficult. “It’s not going to be easy, but we’d like to involve entities like the World Health Organization and professional bodies like the colleges of physicians and surgeons.”

“There’s often a physician or at least a regulated professional associated with these clinics, so that’s a logical lever that could be pulled. We’d also like more truth in advertising.”

The call to action published recently in Science also lists the various “tokens of scientific legitimacy” that clinics use to impart an air of authority, including studies published in predatory journals, impressive-sounding advisory boards, and expert testimonials.

“It’s difficult to tease out what’s real and what’s not real,” Caulfield said. “A lot of these clinics and websites look extremely legitimate. I think that’s why we need more aggressive regulatory action.”

If a study is registered at ClinicalTrials.gov does that make it legitimate?

Not necessarily. That’s the conclusion from Canadian bioethics researcher Leigh Turner, currently at the University of Minnesota. His research suggests that official registration on the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) trial site might be one the “tokens of scientific legitimacy” that the stem cell researchers were warning about in their call to action (see above story).

When he was researching direct-to-consumer marketing by clinics that offer unproven stem cell therapies, he was surprised to discover that some of those clinics had trials registered on the official trial registry. Some of those same clinics were charging patients thousands of dollars for the treatment. Turner called those studies “pay-to-participate,” and he suggested the clinics are using the official trial registry as a way to recruit clients.

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Canadian bioethics researcher Leigh Turner believes some clinics are using the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trial site as a way to recruit patients, and then charge them for treatment. (ClinicalTrials.gov)

“If you’re running a stem cell clinic and you can actually get something on there, you can basically take a federal website and repurpose it as a marketing tool. People with a wide range of illnesses are going on there, finding your study and then making their way to your business.”

“Inclusion of such studies in ClinicalTrials.gov reveals that the database needs better screening tools,” Turner concluded in the paper.

Most major scientific journals demand that a trial be registered at ClinicalTrials.gov in order to be published.

We asked the NIH for comment on Turner’s paper. In an email, the NIH said “ClinicalTrials.gov does not independently verify the scientific validity or relevance of the trial itself beyond a limited quality control review.”

A posting on clinicalTrials.gov does not necessarily reflect endorsement by the NIH.”

A Canadian moment in medical history

As part of our summer Second Opinion series, we’re featuring great Canadian moments in medical history. This week … meet Maud Menten.

Maud Menten

University of Toronto graduate Maud Menten, along with her German collaborator Leonor Michaelis, discovered an equation that is still a staple of biochemistry today. (Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh)

She has one of the most famous names in biochemistry, yet most Canadians have never heard of her. At the beginning of the last century, Maud Menten earned a medical degree at the University of Toronto, but she chose the science bench over the bedside. And that’s where she helped discover something that every biochemistry student in the world still learns today — the Michaelis-Menten equation.  

“She’s really very famous and she deserves more attention,” said University of Toronto Prof. Laurence Moran, who put a picture of Menten in the biochemistry textbook he wrote so the world would know about this prominent Canadian scientist. “All of the textbooks mention her, but I just put in a little extra detail, because I’m so proud of her as a Canadian.”

The equation, named for Menten and her German collaborator Leonor Michaelis, is one of the first concepts taught in biochemistry. And it’s critical to understanding how enzymes work.

The Michaelis-Menten equation

Menten’s equation helped scientists discover methods to block enzyme reactions, which led to drugs like statins that inhibit the activity of enzymes that make cholesterol, Moran said.

Still, there was one niggling part of the history that Moran had to correct.

“All the sites are saying she was one of the first women to graduate in medicine from the University of Toronto, but I knew that wasn’t true.”  

That’s because there are photographs of all of the graduating classes lining the halls of U of T’s medical sciences building. And Moran could see there were many faces of women in those class pictures dating back to 1896.

He tracked down the mystery and discovered that Menten was, in fact, one of the first women to get an advanced degree in medical science. In today’s language it’s called a PhD, making her a rare female presence in the masculine laboratories of the day. In addition to the famous equation that bears her name, she made a series of other contributions to biochemical research.

“She was a radical feminist 1920s flapper. She would have been a really interesting person to meet,” Moran said.

These fascinating stories of discovery were selected from the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, a medical history museum that began in 1993. Every year seven Canadians are inducted. There is a small, physical museum in London, Ont., but executive director Lisa Foster told us the real museum lives online, with video features for all 125 laureates.

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Dozens Hospitalized for Excessive Drinking at Chance the Rapper Concert

More than 90 people were hospitalized Friday during a concert featuring Chance the Rapper in Connecticut, officials said.

A large number of people hospitalized were underage attendees experiencing “severe intoxication,” Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Saturday.

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Foley said officers made 50 underage drinking referrals Friday at Hot 93.7′s Hot Jam concert at Xfinity Theatre. Most of those charged were issued a summons to appear in court. Several other arrests were made throughout the evening.

In a series of three tweets, Foley posted video of attendees tailgating, repeating the message: “Did you drop your teen off at the concert tonight. This is what it looks like. & HPD is enforcing underage drinking in the lots.”

The crowd was apparently made up of people in their late teens and early 20s. Foley said tailgating, partying and excessive alcohol consumption was “extremely prevalent.”

(This article originally appeared on CBS News at 2:35 p.m.)

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